Howard Veurink, founder of Veurinks’ RV Center, Grand Rapids, Mich., passed away Friday (Jan. 13). He was 79.
Veurinks’ RV Center was launched in 1963 after Veurink worked with his father at a dealership that sold travel trailers and mobile homes. In search of a product line, he contacted Richard Klingler, founder of Holiday Rambler in Wakarusa, Ind. That afternoon, Veurink towed home a 19-foot rear gaucho Holiday Rambler travel trailer and parked it on his rented lot. By that evening he had sold his first Holiday Rambler.
Since that time, the Veurink family has sold and serviced several thousand Holiday Rambler towable and motorized products. Forty-nine years later the tradition continues as Veurinks’ RV Center still offers Holiday Rambler brands.
In 1991, Veurink retired and sold the dealership to his children. Tim Veurink and his sister Tammy now serve as owners of the dealership. During that time the business grew fourfold and the rapid growth forced the Veurink family to move again, this time to its current 8-acre location in Grand Rapids.
Veurink was preceded in death by his mother and father, mother- and father-in-law, his daughters, Victoria and Valerie, and his brother, Wayne Veurink.
He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Barbara Ann Veurink (Holtz); his children, Tim (Pat) Veurink, Tammy (Greg) Kuipers, Tom (Linda) Veurink; his grandchildren, Katie (Matt) Baer, Sherri (Noah) Mensch, Jim Kuipers, Matt and Mollee Veurink; his four great grandchildren; and his siblings, Al (Margie) Veurink, Delores (Evert) Alton, Bob (Gloria) Veurink, Joyce (Fred) Hoekzema.
Funeral services were held Monday at Friendship Christian Reformed Church. In honor of Veurink, contributions may be made to North Alano Club, 1020 College in Grand Rapids or West Michigan Youth for Christ. The family welcomes memories and messages in their guestbook online at www.cookfamilycares.com.